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Get to know GRU Airport, the largest airport in Latin America.

​​One of the main HUBs in Latin America, the International Airport of São Paulo, in Guarulhos, was inaugurated on January 20, 1985, and was privatized though a concession program on February 6, 2012. 

On February 6, the consortium comprised of Invepar and ACSA (Airports Company South Africa) was announced the winner of the concession bid. 

The contract was signed in July 2012 for 20 years, creating the Concessionária do Aeroporto Internacional de Guarulhos S.A. with 51% of the shares and the state-owned Infraero with 49%. 

On November 15, 2012, during the operational transfer period, the airport adopted a new brand: GRU Airport – Aeroporto Internacional de São Paulo.



International destinations from GRU Airport
GRU AIRPORT IN NUMBERS
• ILS (Instrument Landing System): Category III-A
• Operating hours: 24 hours in all terminals
• Airport total area (patrimonial fence): 11,905,056.52 square meters
• Total airport area (operational fence): 5,883,000 square meters
• Total ramp area: 815,903.46 square meters
• Takeoff/landing runways: 301,500 square meters - 09R/27L with 3,000 meters x 45 meters and 09L/27R with 3,700 meters x 45 meters, approved for Code F aircraft (A380) operation
• Taxiways:  485,632.1 square meters
• Slots available per hour: 47
• Aircraft stands: 118 C (86 full slots)
• Boarding bridges: 45 (6 of which 6 are Code F)
• Aircraft types: Codes A, B, C, D, E and F (including 747-800 and A380)
• Stand Coordination: ATA level 2 Airport 
• Check-in counters: 362
    ​Terminal 1: 34
    Terminal 2: 185 / T2 (re-check-in): 15 
    Terminal 3: 102 / T3 (re-check-in): 26
  • Boarding gates: 75
    Terminal 1: 8
    Terminal 2​: 41​​
    Terminal 3: 26​​​
See GRU Airport's main deliverables since it stated managing the airport in February 2013.​
  • Panther

    GRU Airport received its first Panther, a firefighting truck used in the largest airports around the world. We were the first airport in Brazil to import a Panther. In April 2014, we received the second 6x6 truck, consolidating even more our safety culture.

  • Garage Building

    Inaugurated the Garage Building (8 stories high), comprised of 84,000 square meters and with capacity for 2.644 cars. The new garage building offers more convenience and agility with a modern parking slot management system, payment kiosks, flight information panels and 24-hour valet service. It also offers ecological car wash and booked parking via the site www.gru.com.br. There was also an increase in the number of slots on the other parking areas that also went through several improvements.

  • Datacenter

    Inaugurated a new Datacenter and Control Center for managing and monitoring IT networks, and became the first airport in the country to have a safe-room. As well as the AMS (Airport Management System) and CMS (Cargo Management System) systems, e-gates (Federal Police electronic gates for passport inspection), BCBP (Bar Coded Boarding Pass – electronic gates to control passenger access to boarding areas), among many system taking the airport at a new level of Information Technology management.

  • Largest duty-free shops in the world

    Inaugurated a new 6,000 square meter area at Terminal 2 - 3,000 square meters at the departure level, where the food court is currently located. On the arrival level, the expanded Dufry Duty-Free store was inaugurated, which practically doubled in size – from 1,482 to 3,142 square meters. With this expansion and the opening of the Terminal 3 store, in 2014, arrival passengers can access the two largest duty-free stores in the world, operated by the network.

  • Apron 9

    Inaugurated Apron 9, with capacity for 13 Code E aircraft stands.

  • Boeing 747-8

    On March 30, for the first time ever GRU Airport received a Boeing 747-8 - the longest passenger aircraft in the world. The model, nicknamed “Superjumbo”, has daily flights between GRU and Frankfurt and is operated by Lufthansa.

  • Cargo Terminal

    TECA inaugurated two new cold chambers. Other improvements implemented in our cargo terminal so far are: 100 new cargo moving equipment, increased number of transelevator exit point from 4 to 10, 5 new X-Ray devices, a new 450-square meter warehouse for dangerous goods in exports, and the reduction in import cargo delivery average times from 109 working hours (January 2013) to 78 working hours (December 2013).

  • Terminal 3

    On May 11, 2014, Terminal 3 started operations. Built in only 18 months, comprised of 192,000 square meters, with a capacity to receive 12 million passengers per year, fitted with cutting edge technology. Apron 6 was also inaugurated, comprised of approximately 224,000 square meters and 5 aircraft stands with boarding bridges and 7 remote stands (Code F configuration) or 10 stands with boarding bridges and 14 remote stands (Code C configuration), 5 new stands with boarding bridges were also added to Apron 5 (Code E configuration) or 10 stands in Code C configuration.

  • Operational Control Center (OCC)

    Besides Terminal 3, this month we had another important delivery: the most modern Operational Control Center (OCC) in Latin America. Conceived based on the work model known as A-CDM (Airport Collaborative Decision Making), the OCC is located on the 5th floor of the Administration building, along with the Crisis Management Complex, which is comprised of a EOC (Emergency Operations Center), a crisis room and a negotiator’s room. A major advancement in our operations.

  • World Cup

    The World Cup in Brazil. All Brazilians awaited this moment. And here in GRU it was even more intense! We received people from different countries, cultures and races with excellence, respect, joy and great efficiency. There were approximately 3.8 million people arriving and departing from our airport during the World Cup. We had a Fan Zone, a lounge to host delegations at T1, broadcasted all Brazilian matches to our employees, customized t-shirts to welcome delegations, among many other actions that made the World Cup in GRU an unforgettable experience!

  • New Taxiway

    We received authorization of ANAC (National Civil Aviation Agency) to operate the new taxiway PR-A.

  • CAT III-A

    An important step for our technological and operational efficiency advancement, was being certified by ANAC (National Civil Aviation Agency) to operate with ILS (Instrument Landing System) – Category III-A. This certification allowed us to conduct approach procedures and landing by instruments under reduced visibility and low ceilings conditions, reducing the need to deviate flights to other locations. A major accomplishment!

  • Air Side Hotel

    On August 20, GRU inaugurated its first hotel within the international boarding area. Tryp GRU Airport, located at Terminal 3, was conceived for passengers with long wait times between flights that need a place to rest or work. Another benefit to gain our customers’ preference!

  • Fire Fighting Section

    On October 1, GRU inaugurated its new Fire Fighting Section, for the firefighters who work in the security of our airport. This SCI has a tower giving full view of all runways and provides all the necessary infrastructure for the activities of the airport’s firefighters.

  • Capacity increase

    On October 7, 2015, we received authorization from DECEA to increase our capacity from 47 to 52 aircraft movements/hour (landings and takeoffs). This is the result of improvements made to terminals, aprons and runways infrastructures, and A-CDM based operational procedures for air traffic management (Airport Collaborative Decision Making).

  • The largest commercial aircraft in the world.

    On November 14, the A380 - largest commercial aircraft in the world - landed in GRU. To accommodate this aviation giant and ensure operational safety, GRU invested in broadening taxiways “A”, “Q”, “H” and “G” and the shoulder of Runway 09L/27R, with 7.5 meters on each side, totaling 75 meters.

  • Retrofit

    On December 2, the new domestic departure area in Terminal 2 was inaugurated. The centralized entrance point, part of the Retrofit project, helps facilitate the passenger boarding process. On the same date all terminals, check-in and boarding gates at GRU Airport were renamed. Terminal 4 became Terminal 1. Terminals 1 and 2 were unified and renamed Terminal 2. Boarding gates and baggage carousels were renumbered so they are easier to locate, with the first number corresponding to the terminal they are in.

  • 3rd most punctual in the world

    GRU Airport was ranked by OAG, the largest aviation industry database, as the third most punctual airport in the world for arrival and departures, in the category for large airports, trailing Haneda (Japan) and Munich (Germany). Another great result was the improvement in the survey conducted by SAC. On the airport operational performance report for the 4th quarter of 2015, GRU Airport ranked as the best airport in Brazil in the category for airports with more than 15 million passengers a year, and the 3rd best in the overall ranking.

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